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Marine Accident Brief: Sinking of Fishing Vessel Capt. Kevin

Executive Summary

​At 0400 local time on July 11, 2016, the US-registered, 127-gross-ton, uninspected commercial fishing vessel Capt. Kevin sank in shallow water along the western Sabine Pass jetty near the state border between Texas and Louisiana. The three crewmembers abandoned ship into the water, with one suffering minor injuries. Diesel fuel and other contaminates leaked from the sunken vessel until it was raised and removed. Total property damage was estimated at $139,500.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of the Capt. Kevin was (1) an inadequate and temporary hull repair that failed, allowing flooding of the vessel’s interior spaces, and (2) the crew not securing the watertight hatch to the forepeak that would have contained the flooding to the forepeak tank.

Accident Location: Sabine Pass , TX USA Gulf of Mexico, Sabine Pass Jetty Channel, 29°38.9’ N, 093°49.7’ W
Accident Date: 7/11/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM043

Date Adopted: 8/31/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1732
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